10-26-2010



SEVERE WEATHER HITS AREA EARLY THIS MORNING

 

A line of severe thunderstorms struck this area early this morning just after 5:00 a.m.  The line of storms moved fast with winds topping out around 70 mph.  This morning, several fire and police department personnel have been removing tree limbs and electric companies have been repairing downed power lines throughout Bond and surrounding counties.  A tornado warning was issued this morning for nearly every county in the metro east at one point or another, including Bond, Fayette, Clinton, St. Clair, Madison and Montgomery Counties.  The high winds caused several power outages around the WGEL listening area, and blew over a semi-truck on I-64 near Albers. 

 

Rain totals for Greenville were .42 inches at the Sewer Plant, .39 inches at Sixth Street and .43 inches at Idler Lane and Rt. 140.  The storms moved quickly through the area and no more significant rain is expected today or for several days. However, a wind advisory is in effect until 7:00 p.m. today.  Sustained winds are expected to be 25-35 mph with wind gusts reaches 40-50 mph.  Temperatures will be cooler today with a high reaching the mid 60’s.


FIRE/EXPLOSION AT MASCHHOFF'S IN CARLYLE

 

The storms this morning are believed to be the cause of a fire and possible explosion at the Maschhoff's facility near Carlyle.  According to VP of Operations for Maschhoff Tim Laatsch there were five employees in the facility at the time of the fire around 6AM this morning.  Laatsch said no one was seriously injured but one person was seeking medical attention for minor burns.  The cause of the fire does remain under investigation, but is believed to be electrical in nature.  Firemen were on the scene most of this morning.   


GRANITE CITY MAN SENTENCED IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE

 

David Steward, age 36, of Granite City, was sentenced recently to 70 months imprisonment, a fine of $750.00, a lifetime term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Steward pled guilty to transportation of child pornography, in 2008.


UNIT 2 BOARD CLOSED SESSION

 

Following a closed session at the recent Unit 2 Board meeting, the board hired Kim Lappie food service employee, Tiffany Lile and Shelia Long cooks, Melissa Polley Pom Pon/Dance Sponsor and Linda Fisher custodian. The Greenville Junior High School Parent/Teachers nights will be Tuesday, October 26 through Thursday, October 28.


CONSTRUCTION TO WIDEN RTE. 159

 

IDOT Secretary Gary Hannig and local officials announced the second major construction project to widen existing IL Route 159. The $3.9 million project will widen Rt. 159 from Church Street through downtown Collinsville to Johnson Street. It is expected that this project will support approximately 50 jobs, reduce traffic, and improve access to local businesses. The project is being made possible through a mix of Federal and State funds. The expected completion date is late Fall 2011.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HOST BLOOD DRIVE

 

The Knights of Columbus Council #11707 hosted an American Red Cross blood drive Monday, October 11 at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville.  Twenty-three persons registered and eighteen units were collected.  Danny Elam received a sixteen-gallon pin and Donald Doll, Jr. a twelve-gallon pin.



SPORTS

THREE COMETS CROSS COUNTRY RUNNERS ADVANCE TO SECTIONALS

 

The Comets cross country team competed in the IHSA regional Saturday at Carlinville.  In the girl’s three-mile race, freshman Jordie File finished in twenty minutes 39 seconds, a season best.  File’s effort placed her tenth overall but third individually.  In the boy’s race, senior Ben Barber finished fourth overall in sixteen minutes 24 seconds and was the first advancing runner.  Freshman Reid Rinella crossed the line in sixteen minutes 51 seconds, good for sixth place overall and the second advancing individual.



OBITUARIES

WANETTA SAATHOFF

 

Wanetta Saathoff, age 89, of Hillsboro, passed away Saturday, October 23 at Hillsboro Rehab and Health Care.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 12:30 p.m. at the Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery.  Friends may call one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

 

VERNELL HAREM

 

Vernell H. Harem, age 77 of Aviston, passed away Sunday October 24th at her residence. A funeral mass for 77 year old Vernell Harem will be Wednesday at 10am at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8pm and Wednesday from 8 to 9:30am at Hempen Funeral in Aviston. Memorials may be made to St. Francis Parish in Aviston.

 

MARY AN DEITERS

 

Mary Ann Deiters, age 69 of Pocahontas, passed away Saturday, October 23rd at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. A private service will be held for 69 year old Mary Ann Deiters. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 8pm at Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Memorials may be made to the family.

 

COLLEEN BURGESS

 

Colleen M. Burgess, age 78 of Highland, passed away Monday, October 25th at Relais Bonne Eau in Edwardsville. Funeral services for 78 year old Colleen Burgess will be Thursday at 10am at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 8pm and Thursday from 8 to 9:30am at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials may be made to Relais Bonne Eau Hospice of Southern Illinois.


 

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